General Masonry

Solomon's Memory Palace

A Freemason's Guide to the Ancient Art of Memoria by B. W. Lingerfelt

Freemasons have unique memorization needs. Long passages must be remembered verbatim, yet there are strict restrictions on writing, recording, or even speaking certain esoteric portions outside of the lodge, making unsuitable many of the memorization techniques used by the general public. Fortunately, the craft is not without its working tools. "Solomon's Memory Palace" provides step-by-step instructions on how to construct the rare "memoria verborum" memory palace and discusses the curious ties between the art of memory and Speculative Freemasonry.
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Island Freemasonry

Island Freemasonry by John Bizzack, Ph.D.

Explores Masonic history to shed light on membership trends in America's largest, and oldest, fraternal organization. Through meticulous scholarship and detailed research, the author documents the causes for the expansion (and later contraction) of American Freemasonry.
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George Washingtons Rules

George Washington's Rules for Life and Lodge by Mark Tabbert

An essential code of conduct for all Freemasons. Highlighting must-follow rules for everyday use, it also organizes Washington's 110 Rules for lodge meetings and refreshment. For the first time, here will be found an exhaustive chronology of Washington's Masonic activities and lists of his Masonic letters, books, and artifacts.
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3-5-7 Minute Talks

3-5-7 Minute Talks in Freemasonry by Albert Bede

A selection of Masonic Talks. In this enlarged edition. Presentations in word you would normally use, Short enough not to be boring-Long enough to convey any message. Covers: Our temple, The Master has to have help, Pymalion and Galatea, Wages of a Master Mason, You Called me Brother and much more. Don't be unprepared carry this small book in you pocket to every lodge meeting!
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The Craft Driven Lodge

The Craft Driven Lodge by Daniel Hrinko

The Craft Driven Lodge approach allows brothers to identify their particular interests, their particular resources, and empowers them to create a Lodge experience that is to their liking without being tied to any particular set of actions, ceremonies, or even fundamental beliefs beyond those universal to Speculative Freemasonry across the globe.
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A Journey in Stone

A Journey in Stone by Craig Weightman

Starting with the rough ashlar, the symbol of the individual as they enter masonry, he moves through an explanation of how the working of stone is an apt metaphor for transformation
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A Daily Advancement in Masonic Knowledge

A Daily Advancement in Masonic Knowledge Edited by Wallace McLeod, S. Brent Morris

The collected Blue Friar Lectures
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Making Light: A Handbook for Freemasons

Making Light: A Handbook for Freemasons

At last an easy-to-read guide to the path of self-knowledge and self-improvement that is Freemasonry. This volume takes the reader through each of the three degrees of Craft Freemasonry, explaining how best to gain insight from the study and application of these teachings. For the newly made Mason, this book provides an explanation of the ceremony and a glossary of Masonic terminology. It also provides a similar guide for future degrees of Masonic progression. For the experienced Freemason it illustrates interesting and largely unknown aspects of the symbolism of the three degrees.
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The Initiatic Experience

The Initiatic Experience by Robert Herd

Freemasonry is an Initiatic Order teaching lessons of philosophy, morality, psychology, and spirituality. It contains elements of perennial wisdom, much of which has been handed down to it by other orders and cultures throughout the history of civilization. Many have searched, and continue to search, for a singular origin to our Fraternity. This book discusses similarities found in the Initiatic Experiences which have been practiced by people of different cultures from time immemorial. You will find that much of what our lessons teach today, was taught to initiates thousands of years before Freemasonry had even been formed, being passed from Master to Candidate.
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A Traditional Observance Lodge

A Traditional Observance Lodge by Cliff Porter

The author's home lodge is different. They suffer from higher than 100% attendance, men wait periods of longer than a year to get initiated, they have never lost a single Entered Apprentice, they have nobody on the roles who is NPD or has been dropped for NPD. Men arrive on lodge days at 8:00 a.m. and are often reluctently leaving for home near midnight or 2:00 a.m. Their dues are high by American standards, the background check is rigorous, and the initiations are solemn and serious.
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The Mason's Words

The Mason's Words by Robert Davis

This is the story of the Masonic ritual, the language and ceremonial forms that have evolved into the present structure of American Freemasonry, defined its lodge space, and offered its members tha same stablizing influence of instruction that has prevailed on every continent for nearly 400 years.
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For the Good of the Order

For the Good of the Order: Examining the Shifting Paradigm Within Freemasonry by John Bizzack, Ph.D.

What has transpired in North American Freemasonry since the 1960s has been influenced by not only factors external to the institution, but less obvious internal ones as well. To better understand where the Craft has been and where it will likely be in the future requires a balanced examination in context, a context wherein Freemasonry is viewed as a whole, not in fragments. For the Good of the Order examines the long-standing attitude regarding membership decline and lack of engagement by men who enter the West Gate with initial enthusiasm, but soon find their zeal for active involvement in the Fraternity waning. This panoramic view and examination illustrates that much of what the institution faces today and in the future regarding membership decline, is much more likely to be effectively.
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The Masonic Myth

The Masonic Myth by Jay Kinney

Freemasons have been connected to the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill, the French Revolution, the Knights Templar, and the pyramids of Egypt. They have been rumored to be everything from a cabal of elite power brokers ruling the world to a covert network of occultists and pagans intent on creating a new world order, to a millennia-old brotherhood perpetuating ancient wisdom through esoteric teachings. Their secret symbols, rituals, and organization have remained shrouded for centuries and spawned theory after theory. The Masonic Myth sets the record straight about the Freemasons and reveals a truth that is far more compelling than the myths.
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Solomon's Builders

Solomon's Builders by Christopher Hodapp

Step back in time to the birth of a revolutionary new republic and discover how the utopian ideals of a visionary secret society laid the foundation for the most powerful nation on earth. Follow George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and other Founding Fathers as they transform the democratic principles of their Masonic lodges into a radical new nation.
Solomon’s Builders unravels history from myth as it takes you on a Freemason’s tour of Washington, D.C. It reveals the evidence of Masonic influence during the construction of America and its new capital, including clues hidden in plain sight.
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Masonic Temples

Masonic Temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture and Masculine Archetypes by William D. Moore

In Masonic Temples, William D. Moore introduces readers to the structures American Freemasons erected over the sixty-year period from 1870 to 1930, when these temples became a ubiquitous feature of the American landscape. As representations of King Solomon’s temple in ancient Jerusalem erected in almost every American town and city, Masonic temples provided specially designed spaces for the enactment of this influential fraternity’s secret rituals.
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The Art and Architecture of Freemasonry

The Art and Architecture of Freemasonry by James Stevens Curl

Explore the basis for the art and architecture used in Freemasonry. A great reference book for those interested in the images we use in the Craft.
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The Rosslyn Hoax

The Rosslyn Hoax by Robert L. D. Cooper

Much has been written over the years about Rosslyn Chapel and its connection with Scottish Freemasonry, as well the St.Clair family, the Knights Templar and a variety of 'lost treasures'. The author looks in depth at the validity of the published material and the legends associated with the Rosslyn Chapel exposing major differences between Scottish Freemasons' view of their history and heritage and that described by those who are not Freemasons.
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The Art of Memory

The Art of Memory by Frances A. Yates

Before the invention of printing, a trained memory was of vital importance. Based on a technique of impressing 'places' and 'images' on the mind, the ancient Greeks created an elaborate memory system which in turn was inherited by the Romans and passed into the European tradition, to be revived, in occult form, during the Renaissance.
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The Freemasons' Guide and Compendium

The Freemasons' Guide and Compendium by Bernard E. Jones

First published in 1950, the 'Freemasons' Guide and Compendium' is filled with authentic, detailed information on a wide variety of subjects related to masons and masonry. Written by an experienced Freemason with the interests of rank-and-file members of the ordinary lodge in mind especially the young Craftsman who wished to learn the nature of Freemasonry's claim to have a history that goes back to ancient days?it provides key facts about masonic history, tradition, and lore.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry by S. Brent Morris, Ph.D.

Freemasonry is an ancient secret society shrouded in obscurity. Fascination with the mysteries of the Masons reached a fevered pitch after the release of Dan Brown’s novels Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and The Lost Symbol. But these novels and their related movies raised more questions than they answered. The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Freemasonry, Second Edition, fills readers in on the truths behind the mysteries.
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Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows: The Emergence of Prince Hall Freemasonry in America by Alton G. Rountree & Paul M. Bessel

As you would expect, a history of Prince Hall Masonry is given, but this book is so filled with information and details that it can be viewed as of encyclopedia value. Not only is the story told, but chart after chart and document after document is offered to clearly present Prince Hall Masonry and the events leading up to and beyond recognition. This is clearly a "must have" book for both, the serious researcher or those with just an interested in the events. Michael Poll (Thelostword E-list)
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Freemasons for Dummies

Freemasons for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp

Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally bestselling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings.
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Esoterika

Esoterika by Albert Pike

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The Freemasons

The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society by Jasper Ridley

What did Mozart and Bach, Oscar Wilde and Anthony Trollope, George Washington and Frederick the Great, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt have in common? They were all Freemasons, a subject of endless fascination. To the layman, they are a mysterious brotherhood of profound if uncertain influence, a secret society purported in some popular histories to have its roots in the fabled order of the Knights Templar, or in the mysteries of the Egyptian pyramids.
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Foreign Countries

Foreign Countries by Carl H. Claudy

Carl H. Claudy left a rich legacy to his Masonic brethren with his writings on the Craft which was so dear to his heart. Among such writings, "Foreign Countries," must be classed as one of his finest. It is directed primarily to the Freemason who is just beginning his labors in the Craft, but, we dare say, that both young and old will find new meanings and gain a better vision and understanding of the various ceremonies and symbols of Freemasonry after reading Brother Claudy's interpretations. A new and different Type of Masonic Education - A book to Enjoy.
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Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry?

Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry by Art DeHoyos & S. Brent Morris

This is the Mason's response to the misinformation about their brotherhood that exists today.
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Introduction to Freemasonry

Introduction to Freemasonry by Carl H. Claudy

A simple explanation of the period of learning and fundamentals. This book answers the elementary inquiries of the new brother to whom all the craft is strange. This set of books will also make many a Mason sit up in astonishment that what he thought obvious and uninteresting is so vividly alive.
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The Newly Made Mason

The Newly Made Mason by H. L. Haywood

This is an outstanding Masonic book for the new or experienced Mason. Haywood gives a good, brief history of Freemasonry and then takes us from the petition to Freemasonry's place in the world. Masonic symbols, philosophy, etiquette and clothing are all discussed along with everything from Masonic relief to record keeping for the Lodge Secretary. An indispensable book for all Masons.
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The Origins of Freemasonry

The Origin of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 15990-1710 by David Stevenson

This is a classic account of the origins of freemasonry, a brotherhood of men bound together by secret initiatives, secret rituals and secret modes of identification with ideals of fraternity, equality, toleration and reason. Beginning in Britain, freemasonry swept across Europe in the mid-eighteenth century in astonishing fashion yet its origins are still hotly debated today. The prevailing assumption has been that it emerged in England around 1700, but David Stevenson demonstrates that the real origins of modern freemasonry lie in Scotland around 1600, when the system of lodges was created by stonemasons with rituals and secrets blending medieval mythology with Renaissance and seventeenth-century history.
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Freemasonry - A Journey through Ritua and Symbol

Freemasonry - A Journey through Ritua and Symbol by W. K. Macnulty

Explores the origins, development, rituals, and symbolism of Freemasonry, and examines Freemasonry as part of a tradition of Western mysticism going back to the Middle Ages
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Coil's Encyclopedia

Coil's Encyclopedia by Henry Wilson Coil

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Confessions of a Born Again Fundamentalist Freemason

Confessions of a Born Again Fundamentalist Freemason by Nelson King

only the second Mason to ever hold the position of President and Editor of The Philalethes at the same time. He retired as Editor in June 2009. Nelson developed the highly successful Internet Masonic Leadership Course. His book "Confessions of a Born Again Fundamentalist Freemason" has become a Masonic Best Seller.
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Beneath the Stone

Beneath the Stone: The Story of Masonic Secrecy by C. Bruce Hunter

Of Masonic symbols, one of the most important but least known is the building stone. It appears again and again in the ritual, playing a central role in Masonic teachings. But what lies beneath this stone? Is the foundation on which it rests merely a fraternal organization? Or is it an international conspiracy? Does it embrace moral lessons or a secret doctrine? Does it teach fellowship and brotherly love, or is a hidden agenda buried beneath its pomp and ceremony?
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The Mystic Tie

The Mystic Tie by Robert E. Allen

The Mystic Tie, written by Allen E. Roberts, provides a thoughtful and deliberate accounting of the brotherhood, unity, and universality of Freemasonry. Many issues ranging from censorship, religion, Masonic research, and leadership are covered and discussed.
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Born in Blood

Born In Blood - The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry by John J. Robinson

Its mysterious symbols and rituals had been used in secret for centuries before Freemasonry revealed itself in London in 1717. Once known, Freemasonry spread throughout the world and attracted kings, emperors, and statesmen to take its sacred oaths. It also attracted great revolutionaries such as George Washington and Sam Houston in America, Juarez in Mexico, Garibaldi in Italy, and Bolivar in South America. It was outlawed over the centuries by Hitler, Mussolini, and the Ayatollah Khomeini. But where had this powerful organization come from?
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The Temple and the Lodge

The Temple and the Lodge by Michael Biagent & Richard Leigh

Coauthors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh recount the events that led to the strange and sudden disappearance of the Knights Templar in the fourteenth century and their reappearance in the court of excommunicate Scottish king Robert the Bruce. Following the survival of certain unexpected Templar traditions, the authors document the evolution of a world-changing order through the birth of the Masonic lodge.
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A Pilgrim's Path

A Pilgrim's Path - Freemasonry and the Religious Right by John J. Robinson

It's a masterpiece...if you're interested in American Masonry and its impact on our country, this book is for you.—Brent Morris, The Scottish Rite Journal
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Freemasonry - A Celebration of the Craft

Freemasonry - A Celebration of the Craft by John Hamill & Robert Gilbert

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Lodge Improvment

Principle Centered Leadership

Principal Centered Leadership by Stephen Covey

How do we as individuals and organizations survive and thrive amid tremendous change? Why are efforts to improve falling so short in real results despite the millions of dollars in time, capital, and human effort being spent on them? How do we unleash the creativity, talent, and energy within ourselves and others in the midst of pressure? Is it realistic to believe that balance among personal, family, and professional life is possible?
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Macoy's Modern Worshipful Master

Macoy's Modern Worshipful Master edited by Michael Halleran

Retains the organizational and editorial style of Macoy's classic while presenting the twenty-first century lodge officer with practical and useful advice on lodge administration, the powers, prerogatives and responsibilities of the Master, subordinate officer's duties, lodge bylaws and committees, and Masonic law, all explained through comparative examples from grand jurisdictions across North America.
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Masonic Action Teams

Masonic Action Teams by Ronald Cottman

This book will help lodges develop a successful management program that will interest and involve their membership. A new approach to Masonic team work.
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Freemasonry at the Top

Freemasonry at the Top by John Beaumont

Sure-Fire Ways to Build Membership, How to Be a Successful Leader, Planning Your Calendar, Working With Your Officers and Members
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Leading Change

Leading Change by John P. Kotter

Millions worldwide have read and embraced John Kotter’s ideas on change management and leadership. From the ill-fated dot-com bubble to unprecedented M & A activity to scandal, greed, and ultimately, recession—we’ve learned that widespread and difficult change is no longer the exception. It’s the rule. Now with a new preface, this refreshed edition of the global bestseller Leading Change is more relevant than ever.
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Bowling Alone

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putman

Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans’ changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures—whether they be PTA, church, or political parties—have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe.
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Masonic History

Napoleon's Sorcerers

Napoleon's Sorcerers by Darius A. Spieth

During Napoleon's rule, Freemasonic circles in France invented rituals that allegedly first took place in the temple structures of ancient Egypt. This book looks at the cultural environment and intellectual background of the pseudo-Egyptian secret society the Sacred Order of the Sophisians. Founded in Paris in 1801, the Sophisian Order initially catered to veteran military leaders, Egyptologists, scientists, writers, and artists who had joined Napoleon's Egyptian campaign (1798–1801). Soon the order branched out to attract new adepts from the world of the Parisian stage.
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William Preston and His Work

William Preston and His Work by Colin Dyer

An in-depth look at the work and life of this important Freemason.
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Exploring Early Grand Lodge Masonry

Exploring Early Grand Lodge Freemasonr: Studies in Honor of the Tricentennial of the Establishment of the Grand Lodge of England by Christopher B. Murphy

According to Masonic records, the Grand Lodge of England was established June 24, 1717, in London. Soon afterward, Freemasonry, a fraternal society of obscure origins and antiquity, began to spread rapidly throughout and beyond the British Empire. This volume of intriguing essays by eminent and emerging Masonic scholars explores the history and culture of Freemasonry during that period of expansion.
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A Secret Society History of the Civil War

A Secret Society History of the Civil War by Mark A. Lause

This unique history of the Civil War considers the impact of nineteenth-century American secret societies on the path to as well as the course of the war. Beginning with the European secret societies that laid the groundwork for freemasonry in the United States, Mark A. Lause analyzes how the Old World's traditions influenced various underground groups and movements in America, particularly George Lippard's Brotherhood of the Union, an American attempt to replicate the political secret societies that influenced the European Revolutions of 1848.
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The Better Angles of our Nature

The Better Angles of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the Civil War by Michael A. Halleran

One of the enduring yet little examined themes in Civil War lore is the widespread belief that on the field of battle and afterward, members of Masonic lodges would give aid and comfort to wounded or captured enemy Masons, often at great personal sacrifice and danger. This work is a deeply researched examination of the recorded, practical effects of Freemasonry among Civil War participants on both sides.
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Builders of Empire

Builders of Empire: Freemasons and British Imperialism by Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs

They built some of the first communal structures on the empire's frontiers. The empire's most powerful proconsuls sought entrance into their lodges. Their public rituals drew dense crowds from Montreal to Madras. The Ancient Free and Accepted Masons were quintessential builders of empire, argues Jessica Harland-Jacobs. In this first study of the relationship between Freemasonry and British imperialism, Harland-Jacobs takes readers on a journey across two centuries and five continents, demonstrating that from the moment it left Britain's shores, Freemasonry proved central to the building and cohesion of the British Empire.
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Sesquicentennial Historyof the Grand Lodge of Nebraska

Sesquicentennial Historyof the Grand Lodge of Nebraska, 1857 - 2007 by Russel G. Reno

In this important volume, MWB Russ Reno, PGM has gathered the most important happenings from each annual communication from the beginning the Grand Lodge of Nebraska to 2007. A valuable resource for any Nebraska Mason. Buy from the Grand Lodge

150 Famoous Masons

150 Famous Masons by John T. Parsons

In this interesting volume, MWB John T. Parsons collects the Masonic biography and other interesting facts about 150 of the most famous Nebraska Masons. Buy from the Grand Lodge

The Magus of Freemasonry

The Magus of Freemasonry: The MysteiousLife of Elias Asmole by Tobias Churton

Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) was the first to record a personal account of initiation into Accepted Freemasonry. His writings help solve the debate between operative and “speculative” origins of Accepted Freemasonry, demonstrating that symbolic Freemasonry existed within the Masonic trade bodies. Ashmole was one of the leading intellectual luminaries of his time: a founding member of the Royal Society, a fellowship and later academy of natural philosophers and scientists; alchemist; astrological advisor to the king; and the creator of the world’s first public museum. While Isaac Newton regarded him as an inspiration, Ashmole has been ignored by many conventional historians.
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1776

1776 by David McCullough

America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.
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Undaunted Courage

Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
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Brother Truman

Brother Truman by Allen E. Roberts

Brother Truman is the story of one of the few Great American Statesmen. It is the story of the human Harry S. Truman - a man with a philosophy anyone can emulate; a man who deeply loved his family, his country, and his fellow man; a man who refused to prostitute the title of President of the United States. Truman was the George Washington of the Twentieth Century.
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George Washington: Master Mason

George Washington: Master Mason by Allen E. Roberts

This is one of the few books which approaches the man from a human interest standpoint. Here we learn what the man was really like--how his friends, neighbors, soldiers, and statesmen regarded him. The author has let Washington tell his own story. His own words, as he wrote them, are used throughout this story of his life. From his birth to his death, we learn what influenced Washington. We find that he was far ahead of his time. Learn things about Washington you never knew before.
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Freemasons at Gettysburg

Freemasons at Gettysburg by Sheldon A. Munn

Although it has been traced to the 10th Century, BC, history indicates that the fraternity of Freemasons was introduced into England in 926 AD. As an association that continues to thrive today, the brotherhood was confronted with a difficult conflict when the Civil War broke out in 1861. Freemasons, both northern and southern, were forced to choose a side and go against the very foundation of the society of Freemasonry.
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Black Square and Compass

Black Square and Compass: 200 Years of Prince Hall Freemasonry by Joseph A. Walkes, Jr.

An offering of the African-American Freemason's viewpoint. This book reviews the history of the Prince Hall Freemasonry and provides insight to its function.
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House Undivided

House Undivided: The Story of Freemasonry and the Civil Ward by Allen E. Roberts

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Revolutionary Brotherhood

Revolutionary Brotherhood by Steven C. Bullock

In the first comprehensive history of the fraternity known to outsiders primarily for its secrecy and rituals, Steven Bullock traces Freemasonry through its first century in America. He follows the order from its origins in Britain and its introduction into North America in the 1730s to its near-destruction by a massive anti-Masonic movement almost a century later and its subsequent reconfiguration into the brotherhood we know today.
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Freemaosnry in American History

Freemasonry in American History by Allen E. Roberts

Set against the general history of time, this book offers an examination of Masons who played major parts in American history.
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Native American Freemasonry: Associationalism and Performance in America

Native American Freemasonry by Joy Port

Freemasonry has played a significant role in the history of Native Americans since the colonial era—a role whose extent and meaning are fully explored for the first time in this book. The work’s overarching concern is with how Masonry met specific social and personal needs, a theme developed across three significant periods of membership: the revolutionary era, the last third of the nineteenth century, and the years following the First World War. Joy Porter places Freemasonry into historical context, revealing its social and political impact as a transatlantic phenomenon at the heart of the colonizing process. She then explores its meaning for many of the key Native leaders over time, for the ethnic groups who sought to make connections with it, and for the bulk of its American membership—the white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant middle class.
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Philosophy & Science

Freemasonry: Its Hidden Meaning

Freemasonry: Its Hidden Meaning by George H. Steinmetz

Interpretation of the First three degrees for better understanding of Freemasonry.
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Aritotle's Children

Aristotle's Children by Richard E. Rubenstein

Europe was in the long slumber of the Middle Ages, the Roman Empire was in tatters, and the Greek language was all but forgotten, until a group of twelfth-century scholars rediscovered and translated the works of Aristotle. His ideas spread like wildfire across Europe, offering the scientific view that the natural world, including the soul of man, was a proper subject of study. The rediscovery of these ancient ideas sparked riots and heresy trials, caused major upheavals in the Catholic Church, and also set the stage for today's rift between reason and religion.
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Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar by Tom Chathcart & Daniel Klein

Here’s a lively, hilarious, not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical traditions, schools, concepts, and thinkers. It’s Philosophy 101 for everyone who knows not to take all this heavy stuff too seriously. Some of the Big Ideas are Existentialism (what do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?), Philosophy of Language (how to express what it’s like being stranded on a desert island with Halle Berry), Feminist Philosophy (why, in the end, a man is always a man), and much more.Buy Plato and a Platypus

Moral Courage

Moral Courage by Dr. Rushworth Kidder

In a book rich with examples, Rushworth Kidder reveals that moral courage is the bridge between talking ethics and doing ethics. Defining it as a readiness to endure danger for the sake of principle, he explains that the courage to act is found at the intersection of three elements: action based on core values, awareness of the risks, and a willingness to endure necessary hardship. By exploring how moral courage spurs us to strive for core values, he demonstrates the benefits of ethical action to the individual and to society -- and the severe consequences that can result from remaining morally dormant.
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Manhood in America

Manhood in America by Robert G. Davis

Two of the most important subjects that Davis discusses are those of marriage and fatherhood. The challenges and rewards of being a husband and a father are great. As Davis notes, too many of us had poor role models of what it means to be either a husband or a father. Rather than working on the issues that exist in these complex relationships, all too often men choose to simply walk away. Davis suggests this happens because these men are acting as they observed their fathers having acted. However, Davis is also quick to say that the modern man must rise above that if he is to grasp what it means to be a man. The road to the "mature masculine" is not the "easy road"; it is one of work, responsibility and perseverance.
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The Cave and the Light

The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization by Arthur Herman

The Cave and the Light is a magisterial account of how the two greatest thinkers of the ancient world, Plato and Aristotle, laid the foundations of Western culture—and how their rivalry shaped the essential features of our culture down to the present day.
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The Closing of the Western Mind

The Closing of the Western Mind by Charles Freemasn

When the Emperor Contstantine converted to Christianity in 368 AD, he changed the course of European history in ways that continue to have repercussions to the present day. Adopting those aspects of the religion that suited his purposes, he turned Rome on a course from the relatively open, tolerant and pluralistic civilization of the Hellenistic world, towards a culture that was based on the rule of fixed authority, whether that of the Bible, or the writings of Ptolemy in astronomy and of Galen and Hippocrates in medicine. Only a thousand years later, with the advent of the Renaissance and the emergence of modern science, did Europe begin to free itself from the effects of Constantine's decision, yet the effects of his establishment of Christianity as a state religion remain with us, in many respects, today. Brilliantly wide-ranging and ambitious, this is a major work of history.
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Contemplative Masonry

Contemplative Masonry: Basic Applications of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagery for the Craft

Part of the work that has become Contemplative Masonry first appeared on the internet in 2000 as an anonymously authored guide to the exploration of Freemasonry through contemplative practices like prayer, meditation, breath work, chanting, and visualization. Sixteen years later, the original author of that material, C.R. “Chuck” Dunning, Jr., has come forward with a substantially expanded edition for those seeking to utilize Masonic symbolism and teachings in a way that is practical, accessible, inspiring, and profoundly transformative. Contemplative Masonry is a much-needed resource for Masons seeking to undertake the challenging and rewarding work of deep self-knowledge and self-improvement.
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The Lodt Symbol

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His plans are interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom.
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Crown of Serpents

Crown of Serpents by Michael Karpovage

With the discovery of a campaign journal from an American Revolutionary War officer who fought against the Iroquois Indians, the U.S. Army calls in their top field historian to assess its contents. Jake Tununda, combat vet, Freemason, and half-Seneca Indian is stunned when he gleans from the journal's cryptic Masonic passages clues to the location of an ancient shaman's crown once protected by the White Deer Society, a secret cult of his forefathers.
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